The Yankees have reportedly expressed interest in free agent RHP Alex Cobb, formerly of the Rays, reports Newsday. With starting pitchers Jake Arrieta and Lance Lynn now off the market, the 30-year-old Cobb is the best remaining option who has yet to sign.
Two potential obstacles could get in the way of a deal from the Yankees' perspective. New York is adamant about staying under the luxury-tax threshold, so as in the case of the recently-signed INF Neil Walker, the price would have to be right. Cobb also rejected the Rays' $17.4 million qualifying offer, meaning whichever team signs him will forfeit at least one draft pick.
The Yankees' rotation currently includes RHPs Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka and Sonny Gray and LHPs CC Sabathia and Jordan Montgomery. RHP Chance Adams, who has struggled during Spring Training, would likely be the first call up should a need arise, The Yankees would prefer to add more depth, which leads to their interest in a veteran hurler.
Cobb has spent his entire six-year career in Tampa Bay. The right-hander went 12-10 with a 3.66 ERA in a career-high 29 starts last season.